Thanksgiving eating marathon and Best Coast at the Tower Bar

November 30, 2009

"Friends Forever" Thanksgiving Dinner 2009. Food porn.

Every year, my friends and I get together for a Thanksgiving dinner/reunion. The ladies bring all the food, and the gentlemen bring the booze. I must have made 4 laps around this table throughout the evening. Always a good time. Thank you for everything.

Later that night, Neill and I headed over to Tower Bar to check out a few bands. I had missed Art Fag Fest the night before, so it was a good chance to catch Best Coast play live at the cozy venue. The show wasn’t announced until earlier that day, so for those who couldn’t make the 5pm time slot the night before, it was a real treat. Strange Boys from Austin, TX were also in town and played a great set. This was my second time seeing them and I noticed the addition of Jenna Thornhill (Mika Miko) on sax/vocals. Click on the images to listen.

Best Coast at the Tower Bar, San Diego. November 28, 2009. (L-R) Jennifer Clavin and Bethany Consentino

Best Coast at the Tower Bar, San Diego. November 28, 2009. (L-R) Bob Bruno and Jennifer Clavin

Strange Boys at the Tower Bar in San Diego. November 28, 2009.

Raid Projects residednt artist, Neill Orje at the Tower Bar in San Diego. November 28

On my desk: 14 inches of vinyl. Best Coast and Abe Vigoda

November 28, 2009

Best Coast and Abe Vigoda purchases from Art Fag Fest

I got out of work a little late last night and I couldn’t make Art Fag Fest, but… the kind lady at the door let me squeeze in for a few minutes to make these two purchases. I even got to catch the last few minutes of the Dum Dum Girls set. Awesomeness.

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November 27, 2009

BBC The Desk

William Leavitt

Jacques Cousteau

"You are Behind Us" by Geoff McFetridge

Richard Mulder Stussy Ad by Robbie Jeffers

Visvim Backpack at Isetan Men's

Treat yourself with the Maharam Memory Game

November 27, 2009

Maharam Textiles Memory Game

I finished in  4 minutes and 1 second with 93 pairs tried. That should be relatively easy for most people to beat. If you’re game, click here to play.

Currently listening to: “Warm Sound” by Zero 7. And… don’t forget BLACK FRIDAY SALES

November 26, 2009

Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker, also known as Zero 7

There was a time when all I listened to was Zero 7 and Thievery Corporation. This particular track is one of my all time favorites. Production-wise, one of the best, ever. Mozez on vocals.

Also, for those looking for some good deals, my favorite shops in SD (Blends, 5&aDime and Willy’s Workshop) will be hosting BLACK FRIDAY sales this weekend. Swing by to get some really good deals. Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving!

Currently listening to: “When I’m with You” by Best Coast

November 25, 2009

I guess you can say that I like this group. Best Coast will be playing in San Diego this Friday at Art Fag Fest. Tickets are available now at presale for $15. Also on the bill are No Age, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Pearl Harbor, Ganglians and Grass Widow. Should be fantastic.

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November 24, 2009

Best Coast at The Smell

From 4Q Conditioning, Oakland

Bulthaup b3 Kitchen

Ólafur Elíasson's The Weather Project. Tate Modern, London. I was able to see this in person. One of the most amazings things I've seen in my life.

Jean Prouvé. Thanks Secret Forts.

Andre the Giant as André René Roussimoff

Neon Jesus in Los Angeles

November 23, 2009

Jesus Saves in Los Angeles

Last Thursday, I headed up to Los Angeles with a couple of friends to visit Neill Orje. He’s currently one of the resident artists over at Raid Projects, located at the Brewery Art Complex. The trip became much more of an impromptu eating marathon with a few stops here and there. It had been a while since I’ve seen JR and Cecile (and anyone else!) so it was a good time catching up with them in between bites.

Neill Orje at Raid Projects

Gelato at The Golden State

RRL 8150 Melrose Ave Lost Angeles

A Bathing Ape on Melrose Ave

Keith Marzo Loft at the Reserve in Downtown Los Angeles

Keith (The Hundreds) had recently moved to the Reserve Lofts in Downtown LA, and while JR and Cecile went to watch the Bulls/Lakers game, the rest of us made a quick visit to check out Keith’s new place. The building, designed by Parkinson & Parkinson, was at one time, the Federal Reserve Bank (hence the name!). A few years ago, there were literally mountains of cash running through this very building. We actually tried breaking into the vault at the bottom floor to see if there were any stacks left. Nope, failed. On the way back home, I saw this Giant piece staring right at me under a busy underpass. Still watching in all its glory.

The Giant is still watching you

On my desk: Shop Stationary

November 22, 2009

Shop Stationary from The Hundreds, DWR and Bulthaup

An economical, functional branding device. These are a few that I’ve picked up from The Hundreds, Design Within Reach and Bulthaup.

Currently listening to: “Mrs Cold” by Kings Of Convenience

November 21, 2009

Kings of Convenience's "Declaration of Dependence" is out now. Buy it.

Its Saturday morning, why not? A new song from a new record by Kings Of Convenience. They’ve been relatively elusive with their US tour dates, but I’m pretty sure they’ll eventually make it out West in support of their new album, Declaration of Dependence. Out now.

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